In my opinion, the patient is no longer at the center of medical treatment; they have been replaced by the dollar and relegated to a commodity.
Many, if not most, physicians have been reduced to obligated employees, or “providers”, on a list that controls their choices and treatment protocols. This situation creates a great deal of stress and frustration for patients and physicians. No longer can the patient choose their doctor based on prior history, skills, and outcomes.
I will be taking my orthopedic practice in a better direction. I plan on focusing my skills and efforts to helping patients avoid surgery if possible, learn more about their problems and choices, avoid injuries, and specifically recover from injuries to the knee and shoulder.
My new practice will allow me to provide second opinions, evaluations, and treatments, concerning the knee, and shoulder injuries based on over 40 years of active practice and performing over 30,000 surgical procedures.
These changes will also allow me to go "outside the box" and use alternative medical treatments that are proven to prevent, delay, or support surgical procedures that will be enhanced with symbiotic modalities, including hyperbaric oxygen, electro-magnetic (UV/laser) advances, regenerative cell, and exosome injections, platelet-rich plasma infusions, IV and oral supplements, bio-identical hormones (male and female), as well as enzyme and peptide infusions for specific deficiencies.
We will determine treatments on a case-by-case basis, based on specific injuries, metabolic imbalances, and patient needs.
My new clinic location will be located with the Heiden Orthopedic Clinic. It is located across the parking lot, in the building immediately south of my previous location. Appointments can be scheduled starting May 26th by calling 1-801-938-9223 and you will be able to make an appointment. If you call before 8 AM or after 5 PM, you will reach the answering service and they will notify the person on call.
The actual first day of the re-opening of my clinic is June 8th. Also, if your problem is not related to a knee or shoulder issue, or I am not on your insurance providers list, then please ask my staff to give you the name of a provider that I recommend for your needs.
My practice will participate with most insurance plans except IHC plans and hospitals. However, I will make special arrangements to see patients, in any plan, if they want me as their physician.
My patients will understand the costs. No more sticker shock, after the treatment. We will fill-out all insurance forms for you and will submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.
If you choose to transfer your care or continue to see me, it will be important that you request a copy of your medical records from my previous employer, Steward Family Health.
I am truly humbled by the trust you have placed in me as your orthopedic surgeon. I hope, that after your past visits, you came to understand that I was a doctor first, and a surgeon second. Also, after learning about your problem, the care you received, was your educated choice, with……“No pressure – No hype”. (a salute to my late brother Gus 😀)
My practice has been driven by a desire to return my patients to normal life and activities by using the latest, safest, and least invasive treatments possible. Despite being a surgeon, surgery is always my last choice.
You, my patient, have fueled my passion for orthopedic surgery through the gratitude, loyalty, and kindness you have shared with me. I shared your happiness, or disappointment, many times over. It is personal for me, not just business.
Dr. Leon (Lonnie) Paulos MD